HARTLEPOOL United have parted company with manager Graeme Lee, ahead of this weekend's clash with Colchester United.

Michael Nelson and Anthony Sweeney will take charge of the Pools team for their final game of the season against the U's, following Lee's departure.

Lee was appointed as Hartlepool manager last December, after leaving his role as Middlesbrough's under-23 lead coach.

He made an excellent start to his spell in charge but Pools' form has dipped, in 2022.


Pools, who are 16th in League Two, have won only one of their last 12 games in all competitions.

They have not won at Victoria Park since mid-February, picking up only three points and three goals in that seven-game period.

In a statement, Hartlepool chairman Raj Singh said: “While we had some great results and occasions in cup competitions, unfortunately, our league performances have not been good enough with only seven wins since Graeme joined the club and as a Board we have become increasingly concerned by the drop-off in form.

“This has not been an easy decision to make. Graeme is a really good person and he has given everything to the job.


"I would like to place on record my thanks to Graeme for his efforts and I wish him and his family well for the future.

“After achieving promotion back to the Football League last year, we remain ambitious as a Club to continue our progress with promotion to League One being our target.

“We have a brilliant fan base and the crowds at the Suit Direct Stadium this season have been outstanding with an average of 5,200.

“We have put a lot of work into operating the club with a robust financial and commercial model to protect it long-term. This is now allowing us to bring back the academy and we will be making a number of other significant investments into infrastructure and people this summer.

“Further, after investing money into the team in January, we will continue to add more quality this summer window and beyond.

“The Club has made real progress over recent years and I felt it important to make this decision now, so we can get our new manager in place as early as possible to prepare for the new season.”